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Historic Judgment Reaffirms ICWA


January 18, 2017

RAPID CITY -- In a case that has national implications for how state courts are supposed to conduct 48-hour custody hearings involving Native American children a federal judge has given one county in South Dakota very specific guidelines for how to conduct themselves.

In March of 2013, a lawsuit was filed against Pennington County in South Dakota by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe alleging that the State Attorney's office, DSS workers, and the courts were systematically violating the Indian Child Welfare Act and the rights of Native American Parents when conducting 48-hour custody hearings.


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